As Duchess Kate and Prince William are readying the interiors of Kensington Palace for themselves-as well as the layout of a 10-bedroom country mansion where they'll spend weekends-they're simultaneously prepping for the arrival of their baby, too. Starting in July, their son or daughter will grow up in the baby suite at Kensington Palace's Apartment 1A, as did Will and Harry when they were young. But how will Kate, who has a discerning eye and an interior decorator reportedly already on retainer, choose to decorate her nursery? The renovation of K.P.'s 1A is estimated to cost $1.5 million, so we know it will be luxurious enough for a future king or queen. We cobbled together a century's worth of ideas for Kate's royal Pinterest board-see if you think she'll take cues from nurseries past.
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As Duchess Kate and Prince William are readying the interiors of Kensington Palace for themselves-as well as the layout of a 10-bedroom country mansion where they'll spend weekends-they're simultaneously prepping for the arrival of their baby, too. Starting in July, their son or daughter will grow up in the baby suite at Kensington Palace's Apartment 1A, as did Will and Harry when they were young. But how will Kate, who has a discerning eye and an interior decorator reportedly already on retainer, choose to decorate her nursery? The renovation of K.P.'s 1A is estimated to cost $1.5 million, so we know it will be luxurious enough for a future king or queen. We cobbled together a century's worth of ideas for Kate's royal Pinterest board-see if you think she'll take cues from nurseries past.Read More »from Kate Middleton's Nursery Design Inspiration
By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.Read More »from Meet the Magazine for Dads Trying to Have it All
Kindling Quarterly is a new magazine for cool dads. Seriously. And when you read founder David Michael Perez's mission statement, it's actually quite sweet: "We offer no dramatic manifestos or grand theories about what it means to be a father, just simple explorations of creative individuals whose role as a parent - whether stay at home, working full time, or everywhere in between - is intrinsic to their life, and often their career." In other words, they profile men who make other fathers say "I don't know how he does it!"
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And before you go thinking "No male would ever say that," hear this. On a recent episode of Jeff Garlin's podcast, By the Way, the comedian sat down for a conversation with his friend J.J. Abrams - a.k.a. the creator of Alias, Felicity, and Lost and director of Star Trek and Star Wars. Garlin wasn't really interested in talking about Abrams' ridiculous résumé, though. What he most wanted to
There are more than 200 Barbies in Mattel's Dolls of the World collection, all dressed in costumes that pay homage to different countries. The collection debuted in 1980 with Parisian, British, and Italian dolls, but the more-modern versions are causing controversy now: The 2013 Mexico Barbie, in particular, has been called out by critics for being offensive rather than educational. "Our goal with the Dolls of the World Mexico Barbie, as well as the entire Dolls of the World Collection, is to celebrate cultural differences and tradition, introducing girls to the world through play," a Mattel spokesperson told Yahoo! Shine. Take a look at some of their newest offerings and decide for yourself: Are these ethnic Barbie dolls stunning, or simply stereotypical? -- By Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine.
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Apr 11, 2013 2:54 PM EDT
Let's talk about the mother who regrets her childrenLet's talk about the mom who regrets her children. Last week, the Daily Mail published a first-person story by Isabella Dutton, a 57 year old mother of two who declared her children to be "the biggest regret of her life." Since the Daily Mail is possibly the internet's leading purveyor of "human interest in hating other humans" stories, it goes without saying that the article incited (and was intended to incite) a monstrous tsunami of scorn.Read More »from Mother Declares Her Children Are "the Biggest Regret of Her Life"
"A mother could never regret her children." It's a truism. But considering the life-altering effect of children on their mothers, it seems impossible that it could really be a universal truth. Isabella Dutton is clearly very unhappy. She feels trapped by the intense demands of her children, calling them parasites. I know lots of mothers who feel this way sometimes. But feeling like your kids are sucking your life force is one thing. Feeling like they "give nothing meaningful back in return"? That's something different.
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Why I don't want my kids to call me momEverywhere we go, people comment on it. "That's so weird, why doesn't your son just call you Mom?" I respond like I always do, with the truth. I kind of dig it, actually.Read More »from Why I Don't Want My Kids to Call Me Mom
Here's the deal. My middle son doesn't call me "Eva" because that's pretty darn disrespectful. We're not friends, after all. By calling me "Eva," that would equate an equal playing field, much like the preschool my son attended. It was very Reggio inspired, but sadly, not my cup of tea. You know why? Teachers are NOT our equals, they are our superiors. That's an important lesson for a youngster to learn. You can't tell your boss to "suck it," even if you really think it. Instead, my son calls me "Ms. Eva" and he does it in the most respectful and affectionate way. And you know what? I love it. Here's why:
1. If the kids start acting up, I always say "Now what's your mom going to say about that?"
2. It makes me feel young and free, like a twenty-something European au pair. I can roll my eyes and say
What's better than new jewelry? Accessories you've made together! Next time the men are out of the house, treat your daughter to a creative craft project you'll both want to show off! By Helen Bird
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Apr 11, 2013 1:38 PM EDT
It was Show and Tell Day at my son's kindergarten class this week. The assignment: bring something that represents your family. He wanted to bring a Lego piece. He wanted to bring his Darth Vader mask. We settled on him bringing an Eiffel Tower. I proposed to my wife at the top of the Eiffel Tower, and he was there. It was the place our family became a little more 'official.' Had the theme been more wide open, my son could have brought his rock collection. On each of our family's travels we try to collect a small stone or pebble from the adventure. The collecting has expanded to include my globetrotting retired parents, who brought home my son some stones from their safari in Africa. Reddit had teachers sounding off on some of the terrible tales kids have told during Show and Tell assignments. Here are 8 of the worst. - By Buzz Bishop
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Hey introverted mama: It's ok!I'm an introverted mama with four extroverted children and an extroverted husband. And on countless occasions, I've beaten myself up trying to live the social, extroverted lifestyle my young family craves.Read More »from 7 Signs of an Introverted Mom (and Why It's OK!)
Feeling sad because I'm not "fun mom". Wondering if there's something wrong with me because I don't get excited to host play-dates, attend birthday parties, or crave alone time away from my children. I often felt extreme shame about my introverted personality, and have worked tirelessly to fake being an extrovert.
But most recently, I've come to realized that who I am is who I am, and I have nothing to hide. I am an introverted mama, and it's not a bad thing (in fact, I think it's an amazing thing).
Here are a few things I used to shame myself over, but now refuse to feel guilty about.
1. It's OK...
To every once in a while hire a babysitter so you can leave the house for a few hours to recharge. Dine out alone, shop a bookstore, or go for a solo jog.
2. It's OK...
Having a baby can mean a surge in creativity!One of the bigger surprise souvenirs of babydom for me has been an incredible surge of creativity. Prior to mothering Bee, I'd heard tales of the opposite - the sacrifice and the commitment and the exhaustion. I certainly wasn't painted a negative portrait; I was just offered one where there was a healthy dose of realism and expectation management. But now that I'm eight months into my own journey (and quite enjoying the view!), I'm noticing that motherhood truly does lend itself to a most beautiful burst of imagination and creativity and spark. (Hint: We just have to look for it.) Just in case you're stuck (or are wearing the blindfold of sleep deprivation and teething), here are five ways I've spotted the resurgence in my own life:Read More »from 5 Ways Your Baby Makes You More Creative
1. Sleep deprivation.
Some of my wildest and more imaginative ideas have come from 3am feedings and early morning wake-up calls. And yes, sometimes the sleepy fog lifts and you realize that your idea is frenzied and hair-brained and will likely never
The search for cheap child care has many American families on edge. The dearth of affordable child care options periodically crops up in the news as parents continue to struggle with the lingering after-effects of the recent recession, which include reduced funding for some child care programs targeted to low-income families. Child care costs vary substantially around the country, ranging from about $3,800 at year up to nearly $19,000; in major cities like New York and L.A., cheap child care is almost an oxymoron. Your child's age affects costs, as well; rates for infant care are usually higher than for toddlers and preschoolers because babies require more attention.Affordable child care is possible.
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There are several ways to minimize the expense of making sure your children are well cared for while you're at work.
Check to see if your employer offers what's known as a flexible spending account. These accounts let you set aside several thousandRead More »from How to Find Affordable Child Care
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